LaBelle Winery News

Amy LaBelle Leads Entrepreneurship Workshop for Girls

by Michelle Thornton

Apr 21, 2017

April 21, 2017

Michelle Thornton
Director of Marketing
LaBelle Winery
345 Route 101
Amherst, NH 03031
(603) 672-9898

Amherst, N.H. – Amy LaBelle, Founder of LaBelle Winery in Amherst, N.H., will lead a free entrepreneurship workshop titled “Empowering Angels: Empowerment through Entrepreneurship” for girls age 11 – 13, April 24 – 25, in conjunction with Girls Inc. of New Hampshire, located in Nashua. The two-day seminar will take place at LaBelle Winery, located at 345 Route 101 in Amherst, from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

LaBelle, who began making wine commercially in 2005 at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, N.H., says, “I didn’t come from wealth by any means, but I’ve had a lot of support along the way from my family. Not every girl is lucky enough to have that kind of support. I wanted to provide young girls with meaningful information, skills and ideas for starting a business — in a fun format. Learning to think like an entrepreneur early in life could benefit them in selecting or creating a successful career.”

Several local female professionals will join LaBelle as mentors. These include Sarah Chaffee, owner of McGowan Fine Art in Concord, N.H.; Carrie Colbert, founder of Doctor Colbert Consulting; Donna Daneke, an attorney at Bernard & Merill PLCC in Manchester, N.H.; MaryAnn Manoogian, executive director, Center for Women’s Business Advancement, Southern New Hampshire University; Kristin Hardwick, photographer, Wilton, N.H.; Sophia Koustas, assistant professor of organizational leadership, Southern New Hampshire University; Leila Samii, assistant professor of marketing, Southern New Hampshire University; Elizabeth Henley, assistant professor of information technology, Southern New Hampshire University; and Adria Bagshaw, owner, Kokoon Boutique Without Borders, an online clothing retailer.

Activities planned for “Empowering Angels: Empowerment through Entrepreneurship” include brainstorming business ideas; learning about different types of business models (for-profit, nonprofit, hybrid); discussions about creating a business to solve a problem and the importance of business plans; learning to create a product story and how to pitch products; a discussion about business names; and learning about the financial aspects of opening and running a business.

At the close of the two-day seminar each girl will receive a copy of “Inspired to Act for Kids!” by Jennifer A. Borislow and Mark S. Gaunya.

For more information about “Empowering Angels: Empowerment through Entrepreneurship” contact LaBelle Winery at (603) 672-9898 or Girls Inc. of New Hampshire at (603) 625-1296.

LaBelle Winery is located at 345 Route 101 in Amherst, N.H. Open daily, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The Bistro at LaBelle Winery serves lunch and dinner as well as brunch on Sundays. The restaurant is family-friendly and offers a special menu for children.

Guided tours are offered from noon to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Call (603) 672-9898 or visit for more information.